What are the Six Yogas

The Six Yogas of Naropa are a comprehensive set of tantric completion practices that are widely revered in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. These practices have been passed down through the centuries through a verified lineage in which H. E. Choden Rinpoche was a key figure, and he passed along these and other teachings to Geshe Gyalten Kungka. The yogi adept and scholar of profound teachings, Naropa, compiled the six yogas into a pragmatic set of instructions that have been used by many Buddhist yogis to attain enlightenment in a single lifetime and therefore to be of the utmost service to humanity.

It is very rare and a precious opportunity to receive the teaching of one of these yogas, let alone the complete set. In the East, within most traditions, the Six Yogas of Naropa are kept very secret, and most practitioners do not learn them unless they are in a three-year retreat setting.

A Comprehensive Overview of the Six Yogas of Naropa is the first year study in a series of courses. In the second, third and fourth years two of the yogas will be studied in more depth culminating in a month-long meditation retreat in the fifth year. It is AVI’s intent, through the guidance of Geshe Gyalten Kungka, to help all attendees deepen their understanding through diligent study, contemplation and practice of these high tantric methods that indivisibly connect great bliss with wisdom resulting in realizing the ultimate nature of one’s mind.

A List of the Yogas of Naropa

  1. Inner Heat Yoga (tummo) – Generating inner heat is a foundational completion practice. Without a basic understanding of the process of generating inner heat, and the actuality of achieving it a practitioner will not experience some of the signs related to the channels and winds, and recognition of non-dual awareness may not arise.
  2. Illusory Body Yoga
  3. Clear Light Yoga
  4. Dream State Yoga – This yoga involves various practices to utilize the dream state as a means of transformation.
  5. Intermediate State Yoga (Bardo) – Within this yoga are the illusory body and dream yoga among other yogic practices.
  6. Transference of Consciousness Yoga (Phowa) – For those who during this lifetime are not able to achieve a stable awareness of Clear Light, the Transference of Consciousness at the time of death to a pure Buddhafield is taught.

This retreat is both theoretical (study) and pragmatic (experiential) and will require a steadfast motivation and intention of the student/practitioner to gain the most from the courses being offered. Again, this is a rare opportunity to receive teachings, practice instructions and answers to profound questions from a lineage holder and practitioner of the Six Yogas of Naropa, Geshe Gyalten Kungka. Through the empowerment blessings of Yamantaka given by Khensur Ripoche, and the kind direction of Geshe Gyalten each student/practitioner will have the opportunity to greatly advance their understanding of the dharma, and their insight into the nature of mind.

Previous highest yoga empowerment (Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka or Kakachakra), or the empowerment given prior to the course offering, Yamantaka by Khensur Rinpoche.